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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Carlos Beruff’s political consultants. A new Mason-Dixon poll showed Beruff trailing Marco Rubio by 39 percentage points in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Beruff might be wondering what he's getting for the $8 million he poured into the race. His paid political consultants? They’re just thankful Beruff has kept the faith for so long.

Loser of the week

Florida’s voters. By the time polls open for Tuesday’s primary, 42 state legislative seats will have already been decided because a candidate faced no opposition. Combined with the 46 one-sided contests, more than half of the Legislature will have been decided before November’s general election. In what kind of democracy is this providing all voters a choice?

[Last modified: Sunday, August 28, 2016 8:08am]


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